Class 1A - Ullern vgs
- Spring term 1999
involving the use of ICT for Jørn's English class
(looking up given
URLs, using search engines, email, interactive multiple choice tests)
(using a word
processor to produce drafts and revised versions; email contacts abroad)
(more use of
search engines, email to gather information; building websites)
finding information at a website whose URL (="address") is given
finding more detailed information about the population of the United
States than what is given in the textbook text "The American People" (Targets,
learning how to read statistical information in charts and tables
The US Census Bureau is the government agency that produces official
statistics on various aspects of the American population. This agency is
in charge of the census, a counting of all Americans that takes place every
Go the US
Census Bureau website and look for their "Subject A-Z" link or, if
you want some more help, use the tips given in each question below, and
see if you can find answers to the following questions:
What is the total number of inhabitants of the USA according
to the most recent estimates? (Tip: check out the "population
clock" at the US Census Bureau.)
What categories of ethnic groups are used by the Census
Bureau, and what percentage does each of these groups make up of the total
population? (Tip: go to the tables of the National
Find out how "successful" various ethnic groups are
if you measure by the indicator of money income. (Tip: go to the
Profile page of the US Census Bureau.)
NOTE! When you are done,
EMAIL ME the correct answers (this
is also so I can get all your email addresses). If you work two on one
computer, make sure you type the email address of whoever is not logged
on in the content part of the mail.
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learning how to use a search engine (AltaVista)
learning how to send email with attachments
finding answers to questions about Washington DC and American geography
and history pp 166-167 in Targets
reviewing grammar and vocabulary from texts read in class using interactive
If you feel you already know enough about search engines, go directly
to Assignment #2
There are many good search engines and they all have
good Help files that will give you instructions on how to use them.
However, as an introduction for those of you who are not familiar with
search engines we are going to take a closer look at AltaVista. Remember
that the "syntax" (e.g. the use of + or - signs) is probably
not the same for other search engines.
As our example we are going to try and find the answer
to the following question about one of the presidents listed on p.167,
Thomas Jefferson: what was Jefferson's private home called, and what does
it look like (it is, in fact, one of the most famous buildings in the US)?
Try the following steps. Do not look at the websites
you find based on the first five searches, just make a note of how many
hits each search comes up with. Now type the following words in bold into
the search line at the AltaVista homepage:
Jefferson (searches for anyone or anything containing
the name Jefferson)
Thomas Jefferson (searches for all occurrences
of Thomas and all occurrences of Jefferson)
Thomas Jefferson -university -school -hospital (same
as above, but excludes, through minus sign, websites containing the words
university, school or hospital, since a lot of those
kinds of institutions have been named after President Jefferson)
President Thomas Jefferson (searches for all
occurrences of each of these three words)
"President Thomas Jefferson" (searches for the
whole phrase between the quotation marks)
the home of President Thomas Jefferson (searches
for all occurrencies of these words)
the +home of "President Thomas Jefferson" (searches
for only websites that contain the word home, because of the +
sign, and the phrase "President Thomas Jefferson"
what is the name of President Thomas Jefferson's
home? (AltaVista can search for whole sentences like this one; you
can add plus'es or minus'es or quotation marks to limit the search)
Once you have found the name of Jefferson's home,
find a picture of it. You can go to one of the websites you found in your
search, or use AV PhotoFinder (see under Specialty Searches just below
the search line at AltaVista's home page. Type in the name of the place.
Find pictures of one of the following sights mentioned
on p 166:
the Lincoln Memorial
the Washington Monument
To demonstrate that you have found the correct picture,
email it to me! Go about it the following way:
Save the picture: place the cursor on the picture,
right-click and choose "Save Picture As" on the little pop-up
menu. Save it in your area in directory H:
Open your email program. Choose Message ---->
New message. Type my address <email@example.com> in the To
line and a suitable heading in the Subject line.
Choose Message -----> Attachment
When the "Attachment" dialogue box opens, look through
H: until you find the picture file you saved there. Select it, and
click OK. The file attaches itself to the message. Now click Queue
and choose File -----> Send queued messages. That's it!
Find information about one of the presidents mentioned
in Task 4 p167 in Targets and prepare a one-minute speech about
them! You will be asked to present "your" president when we start going
over American politics.
In whatever time is left over, review grammar and vocabulary
from "A Tour of Washington". I have made interactive
versions of some tasks from Targets Workbook.
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explore interactive features of a website by taking a multiple choice
test that provides feedback on right/wrong answers and keeps score
review facts about American politics from Targets pp. 166-170 (and from
Please note that the multiple choice test does not test everything
you need to know on the American political system. I expect you to be able
to explain, not just state facts. Secondly, multiple choice tests
can sometimes look simpler than they are. Read all of the possible
alternatives before you click on the one you think is correct. On that
cautionary note, go to the multiple
choice test on American politics.
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learn how to take advantage of the features of a word processor to write
use feedback on a text to improve a first draft
Essay: The stories of two Bills - Bill Clinton and Bill Gates
Bill Clinton and Bill Gates are often
described as the most powerful man in the world and the richest man in
the world respectively. They are unique in many ways, but can also
be seen as typical Americans.
Read the text "Understanding Americans"
pp. 170-173 in Targets. While reading, make notes as suggested in
Task 1 p.174.
Next, read the official biographies
of Bill Clinton
(from the White House website) and Bill
Gates (from the Microsoft website) . Then write a little essay where
you point out how the values discussed in the text "Understanding Americans"
are important in the official biographies of these two famous Americans.
First draft to be turned in Thursday,
Note! Email me
the first draft! Close the Word-document that contains
the essay and make it a file attachment to a mail
to my address.
Our læreplan states, among
other things, that
ha kunnskap om utdanning,
arbeid, næringsliv og miljø i USA
Your challenge for March and April
is the following:
Use all available sources, including textbook,
e-mail, library, Internet, fellow students, and , yes - even your teacher
- and gather as much information as you can about education in the US.
Demonstrate that you have acquired knowledge
about this field by giving a presentation about it to the rest of the class
and to the teacher in either of the following forms:
a 20-minute spoken presentation in class
Work in groups of three at the most.
Note!! Whatever form of presentation you
choose, you all have to submit an individual email log to me about
your work every hour that we have access to the computer lab.